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RichO

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  1. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    Thanks for the nice comments guys! Hey All, I left off with having to install the Drive Axles. This was not fun, but in the end (ouch) everything worked out satisfactorily. All these axles are so far to the bottom of this build, this will be last time you see these. Building the "U"-joints was a tedious process of cutting the same thing over and over. In process...... In this photo you can see that both ends are u-jointed... Fresh back from the paint shop... A close up of one of these twelve u-joints.... I knew that I had to remove a few items to get this central axle into place. I also had a few tubes that sort of volunteered to go along. Once I got the space cleared out, I still had a time getting this into place. An air bottle and brake pump later............ While I had everything striped out of the middle of the frame, some wise guys at the shop replaced my green air bottle with an orange one. I also have some paint repair work to do on the replaced lines. Everything seems to fit tho. Below is looking down at the central driver side axle............ this is the same axle on the opposite side.......... I still have twelve more u-joints to build for the drive shaft ends, with two gear boxes in the middle. I'll be back. Thanks for looking.
  2. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    HEY GUYS, It's been a while since I've last posted. I thought I was going to start the Steering linkage, but not quite. Things sort of got away from me as far as the order of items installed, is concerned. When I started installing items inside the frame, I neglected to observe the tolerances for future items. When I began the looking at the steering items, I realized that I needed to install the Drive Line items before the steering items. Then, upon further observation, I had a really bad feeling. The Drive Line needed to be installed before I installed the Air Bottles and Pumps. In the photo above, you can see how the ends of the Drive Train ( the two round end caps with all the bolts, on either side) are next to the frame, outside of the Steering linkage. If I install the Steering Linkage first, I'll never get the drive components installed. In the photo above you can see how the drive shafts are installed between the frame and steering and air bottles. I should have installed the Drive Lines before anything else. So now, it's off to build the Drive Lines before the Steering Linkage. The parts..... In this photo you can see where the trans axles are located along the rail... This is where I get into real trouble. I have to get this axle into this place, between all the junk already installed. I may have to remove some items to get to the mounting location... This is where I'm at today. I have my eight axles built and ready for install. I have a dozen "U" joints to build ( the first part with the four holes in the corners) and eight drive shafts with their respective hardware. All need installing before I get to the steering. Will this madness never end? I'll be back............
  3. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    I can see the roof structure through the windscreen, behind the launch equipment!
  4. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    I have a ton of photos for the interior. What a bunch of launch equipment! The goal is to make my model look like all this stuff. Thanks Martin!
  5. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    Thanks Doc, and Bomber, I retitled the thread for you guys!
  6. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    THANKS MARTIN! Cool photos. I like the Steering linkage diagram. I'm just starting to build this, so check back.
  7. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    Hey Guys, More modeling madness. I have built and installed the duel compressors for the Braking System. These little items were not so hard to build, I just had to decide how to build them. Everything worked out just fine for this part of the build. Building and installing the Brake Fluid Reservoirs .......... The next inboard item is the Steering Linkage. I'll be back soon................
  8. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    Hey Martin, If you have seen my other build you will see that I rarely paint my vehicles a military color. The references that I use are of post military service vehicles. That is, they are usually scrap and junk and have been abandoned in place. The photos I am using for this build has the Frog repainted ( or seriously faded ) a turquoise color that I thought would look great as a contrasting color for the rusting. Green and rust are complimentary colors and work great together. The only clean military vehicles that I try to keep military colors, are OOB kits. I have a stash of kits, but lately I have been on a scratching binge. Thanks!
  9. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    Hey Guys, I have a few photos for this report, but not as many as I should. I sort of got into a ZEN mode when I was building the Air Bottles and didn't get any photos of the build. I just woke up from a deep meditation and they were built. Just like this........ I didn't have clear photos of the bottle mounts, but a good idea of how they fit the frame... Getting things to blend in........ This a bottom side view of the bottles and lines. I used lead wire for the lines...... The next part of the build looks to be some sort of duel compressor system inside the frame. I have good references for these items, I just don't know what they are. I'll show you next time. Thanks for Looking.........
  10. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    Hey All, It's been a while since my last report. A week off with a summer cold. The last report was of building the corner suspension. The build continues. Getting back into the swing of things, I still had much cutting to do to get all the components to come together. I have managed to get things mounted onto the frame tho. The components of the corner suspension. I used some jewelry items for the stock bumpers... I have the corners painted and mounted to the frame. Everything will get blended together and never seen again. Now that I have the main components mounted, I have a ton of parts that can not get mounted until I get the top of the frame secured down to the main frame. I don't want to secure the top of the frame just yet. I have several items that I want to build inside the frame. I need to build and install: Air Bottles, Steering Components, Drive Axles, Gear Boxes, and Transfer Cases, all on the inside before I put the lid on. With all that said, I canput the lid on, and work around the top, but at this point, I'd like to make life easier on my self. The rest of the suspension components are finished and ready for install, after the top is secured. I have the Shock Absorbers and their mounts that are secured to the top outside of the frame. These in turn are mounted through the bottom wishbone of the suspension and hold the whole assembly together. That's it. I'm now ready to get to some of the inside frame details so I can get back to finishing the suspension. I'll be back with starting the inside frame details. Thanks for looking!
  11. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    Hey Guys! It's been a wacky week trying to come to terms with how much cutting there seems to be with the corner suspension units. I have a few parts that are 2mm thick and the rest are 1mm thick. I needed to cut multiples of each to get the dimensions that I needed. I was cutting 16 of some items to get everything correct. The process of building the corner units is only about half way done. First thing, cut out the parts and bolt them together... Parts and more parts.... After cutting and gluing all these items together, I had to test fit everything. The test fitting is good and the parts move freely... I see just now that I assembled the parts wrong, but will be rearranged when I install these. That's the report to date. I am starting to work on the Shock Absorbers and Mounts at the moment. Once I get all that finished this whole unit gets installed at the same time. I'll be back with building and installing the rest of the corner units. Thanks All..........
  12. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    'Bout Ye? Closing up the open ends was a simple enough task. The shapes are just flat sheet cut to shape. Test fitting the size and shape below. The bolt pattern secures the sheet metal to the frame... Fresh paint... The back frame closure is simple sheet also... Blending... Now that I have the ends closed I can move on to the corner suspension elements, and there are a lot of parts to deal with. I'll be back later.........Thanks All.....
  13. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    Hey Guys, I have spent the last week or so building the central supports for the middle wheels. These little things were a pain in the wheels. As far as I can figure, the central wheels are mainly for support of the central portion of the frame. I can not find any suspension components for these, and the rigid housings are bolted directly to the frame with no shock equipment anywhere. I know that these inner wheels do have drive components built into them. I'll build the drive components later tho. The first thing as always, the parts... There were a few more parts involved with these than I first thought. Just cutting out the parts took days... Then I had to bolt everything together.... The wackiest part of this mini build was to get the styrene to bend around into this cone sort of shape. I managed to get things bent into shape and bolted together...and starting the strength webs that are placed all around these little things... I just had to build four of them. With all the little strong webs and bolts, these had a a fair amount of parts each... Fresh back from the paint shop... Fresh dirt and rust... I think the photo below is still wet paint... Now I have all four of the central supports installed. The remaining components are attached to the inside of the wheels. I'll build the wheel stuff later... The white styrene on the frame is where I have sanded the frame level... Greasy, grimy wheel mounts... Now that I have these installed, I want to move to the suspension components at the four corners. However I need to install the front and back "bumpers" that will hold the open ends of the frame, closed and square. I'll be back with closing up the open ends of the frame next. Thanks for looking and leaving comments all.........
  14. RichO

    An Ugly Frog Prince

    Thanks for checking in guys! Hey All, The frame detailing continues............. I have the frame suitably greasy and oily... The shine dose not show so good here...but it looks grimy enough in person..... That's it for the frame for now. It's time to move on. I'm starting with the suspension parts first... I'll be back with more of the suspension system. Thanks All..........
  15. RichO

    1/48 Wellington Mk.X (He727 NA-K)

    I have a new name for Jeroen. I'm going to call him "Bender" Great job!
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